If you own a ’67 Beetle, sooner or later you’re going to have to experience the intimate task of replacing the muffler. It can be a dirty job. Not to worry; 1967beetle.com is here to make sure you get the job done right. Let’s discuss the task.
With the engine cooled down, elevate your car with a floor jack at a comfortable working height. To allow for easy access to the muffler’s mounting location, support vehicle with jack stands (this also spares your knees from abuse).
Remove the rear engine tin (breast plate) and proceed to remove the old muffler. Due to the extreme changes in temperature, the securing hardware often becomes seized, making them difficult to remove. If excessive force is exerted, you risk shearing the studs from the cylinder head. Re-placing broken cylinder head studs is a tech tip in itself, BE CAREFUL. Do not hesitate to useheat on the nut, or invest in a nut cracker to break the nut(s) free.
Sent over by our good pal Tom Griffin, Jeremy Goodspeed of Goodspeed Motoring was spotted with a ’67 Beetle chassis at The American Graffiti car show in Modesto yesterday. The show was sponsored by Kiwanis International (of which Jeremy is a member), and they are expecting to raise about $100K for children in need. There were upwards of 1,000 cars, including 4 Beetles and one special ’67 chassis.
East Coast pal Chris Vallone’s L620 savanna beige ’67 has been featured here at 1967beetle.com a few times during its restoration process. This car originally came to Chris as a true time capsule. During the restoration, Chris added his own flair and style to the interior with close attention to detail. The car just went to a new owner! It’s a very respectable example of what many consider the best year of the VW Beetle; 1967.
Congrats to 1967beetle.com reader Charlie Link on winning the ’67 Beetle quiz. Enjoy your 25% off in the 1967beetle.com boutique store. Now, let’s talk about how Jay was able to fix his car.
The man at the parts counter asked me, “do you have a fuel filter on your car?”
When I replied that I did, he asked if I might remove it in order to show him. When I did, he tried blowing through it from the nether end and could not force even air through it! There was the problem all the while! Was my face red!!! He did not have a VW filter so we altered the ends of a Honda one and, after installation, we were on our way like a shot out of a gun! We made the rest of the trip without incident.
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Around 1980, I came home a little early one blisteringly hot summer day and told the family to pack so that we could head to Lubbock to visit my parents.
I was in my 40s in those days and thought nothing of striking out at the drop of a hat in one of our Volkswagens. Soon everyone had a sack packed and Neva had some goodies readied as well.
We already had discovered that packing in one of our ’67 VW Beetles was more efficient if each person packed his possessions in one or two large, brown-paper grocery bags; these “squashed“ into relatively small spaces whereas a suitcase will not. Even the miniature dachshund would run to the back door where his leash hung and beg to be put on it. In a matter of a half hour or so, we were in the car and off.
We sped through Dallas on I-30 with no problem and had gotten practically through Fort Worth when I noticed that I was having more and more difficulty coaxing speed from The Red Baron, our ’67 Beetle sedan. As we neared the western outskirts of the city, I began to think about “vapor locks“. I never had experienced one, but I thought about the metal gas line that comes through the firewall and into the engine compartment. Given the tremendous heat of the day, coupled with the heat of the engine, I decided that a vapor lock it must be.